Tremendous advances in functional, anatomical, and behavioral techniques has led to a large increase in the amount of new data available for modeling efforts at many levels of abstraction: from in-depth descriptions and analyses of individual membrane channels to large scale investigationof whole brain activity using fMRI and other imaging techniques. This wealth of data is essential for investigating the link between realistic brain models and behavior, and requires the development of new and powerful tools that assist the neuroscientist in designing, testing, and analyzing large-scale neural models.

I have worked with my Boston University and Hewlett-Packard colleagues to design two software platforms, KInNeSS and Cog Ex Machina, that  allow modelers design large-scale neural systems and interface them with simulated or real (roboti) agents.


  • Versace, M., Ames, H., Leveille, J., Fortenberry, B., and Gorchetchnikov, A. (2008) KInNeSS: A modular framework for computational neuroscience. Neuroinformatics, 2008 Winter; 6(4):291-309. Epub 2008 Aug 10.
  • Snider, G., Amerson, R., Carter, D., Abdalla, H., Qureshi, S., Laveille, J., Versace, M., Ames, H., Patrick, S., Chandler, B., Gorchetchnikov, A., and Mingolla, E. (2010) Adaptive Computation with Memristive Memory. IEEE Computer, Volume 44(2). [cover page]

Book chapters

  • Versace, M., (2010) Open-source software for computational neuroscience: Bridging the gap between models and behavior. In Horizons in Computer Science Research, Volume 3.

Abstracts & Conference papers

  • Brain-inspired computing. Versace, M. Keynote address, Bionetics 2010, Boston, MA [2010]
  • Versace, M., Gorchetchnikov, A., and Grossberg, S. (2005) Applying the Methods of Experimental Data Visualization to Neuronal Simulations. International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems Abstract (ICCNS 2005), Boston, MA. 
  • Gorchetchnikov, A., and Versace, M. (2004) KInNeSS: A new software environment for simulations of neuronal activity. International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems Abstract (ICCNS 2004), Boston, MA, USA


  • KInNeSS is a KDE Integrated NeuroSimulation Software. Integration here means that ideally you can do different projects, like visual system, auditory system or memory system within one framework.


I am the leader of the Neuromorphics Lab, a highly collaborative lab with connections across both academia and industry.